Manchester Camerata Principals
Stafford Music Festival 2022 Concert
Sunday 8th May 2022
5:30pm: St Michael and All Angels Church, Adbaston, ST20 0QE
BRITTEN: SIX METAMORPHOSES AFTER OVID
Playing three from: Pan; Phaethon; Niobe; Bacchus; Narcissus; Arethusa.
Composed for the Aldeburgh Festival, this oboe piece comprises six programmatic movements, with titles drawing inspiration from mythology.
BEETHOVEN: DUO FOR VIOLA AND CELLO IN E FLAT MAJOR WOO 32, ‘EYEGLASS DUO’ (1797)
Written around 1797 but unpublished until 1912, Beethoven (who was also a viola player) most likely composed this work to play with his friend the cellist Baron von Domanovecz.
A short, lyrical piece where an outsider [the oboe] joins the group [a string trio] and adds to their dialogue. At first the newcomer is treated with a mixture of suspicion and agitation, but eventually is made welcome.
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DOHNANYI: SERENADE IN C MAJOR (OP 10) in five movements:
1 Marcia: Allegro
2 Romanza: Adagio non troppo
3 Scherzo: Vivace
4 Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
5 Rondo (finale): Allegro vivace
Composed in 1902 and premiered in Vienna in 1904, this five-movement work for a string trio is strongly in the 19th Century tradition of Brahms, though with hints of the Hungarian folk music that would soon be extensively collected and explored by his contemporaries Bartók and Kodály.
MOZART: OBOE QUARTET K370 in three movements:
This is one of several works Mozart wrote for strings and instrumentalist, in this case as a vehicle for a celebrated oboe virtuoso. o
In their welcome return to the Eccleshall area, four Principals from Manchester Camerata will play the Mozart oboe quartet and other chamber music pieces, in a recital as part of Stafford Music Festival 2022.
Caroline Pether, (violin)
Leader Manchester Camerata
‘Every phrase is executed with such flamboyance, enhanced by her passion.’
Sinfonia Cymru review, Buzz Magazine
Caroline Pether is the Leader of Manchester Camerata, often assuming the role of soloist and/or Director with the orchestra. She enjoys a regular duo partnership with Camerata's principal cellist Hannah Roberts and guest leads chamber music projects and chamber orchestras across the UK e.g. as Leader of Welsh chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru 2016-2021 and of the Zelkova Quartet. Caroline is passionate about enthusing and educating the next generation of musicians, through her work as a violin tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and delivering masterclasses and workshops elsewhere.
Racael Clegg, (Oboe)
One of Britain’s busiest freelance oboists, Rachael Clegg has been a Manchester Camerata Principal since 1999 and a frequent soloist with the orchestra, performing concertos by Mozart and Strauss and Vaughan Williams to critical acclaim. During recent seasons, she has played Principal Oboe with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; has appeared with the LSO at the Barbican and most recently performed and recorded with the Hallé Orchestra, in Bridgewater Hall and at the Proms in London. She is also on the staff at Chethams School of Music, where she has a thriving class of young oboists.
is Principal Viola in Manchester Camerata and Joint Assistant Principal Viola at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His awards include prizes at the 2012 Beethoven International Competition in Hradek and the 2015 Tokyo International Viola competition. Chamber music has also been a big part of Alex’s life: with Caroline Pether, he was a member of the Zelkova string quartet until 2019. His favourite composer is Mozart.
Hannah Roberts, (cello) Principal Cello Manchester Camerata
“Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding ‘cellists of her generation and was privileged to have studied with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum.”
Principal ‘cellist, Hannah Roberts is well-known to Stafford audiences, not least for her memorable performance of the Elgar cello concerto at the Gatehouse. Winner of numerous competition prizes and awards, Hannah works across the UK, Europe and internationally, performing cello concertos with leading orchestras, including the LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Hálle, also making frequent broadcasts for BBC radio and recordings for ASV. A committed and sought-after teacher, she is a professor of cello at the RAM in London and the RNCM in Manchester, and a visiting tutor for Oxford University.
Alex Mitchell (Viola)
Concert kindly supported by Manchester Camerata and SDAC